Cicada Killer Wasps Terrorizing Omaha Homeowners
The wasps thrive in drought conditions
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Omaha, NE -- Dried up. A summer drought is sweeping through the Midwest and giving some dangerous pests a breeding ground right here in Omaha. They're call Cicada Killer Wasps and they could already have taken over your yard.
Kay Snyder knows just how nasty Cicada Killer Wasps are. Kay said, "We're bombarded by bees and hornets."
Thriving off the drought and heat, Cicada Killer Wasps are busy digging into many home owners’ yards.
Kay and her husband have tried to spray for the pesky wasps but haven't had any luck killing them off. They called Gary Oddo who owns Bugz Bee Gone. "They're just the monster of the bees right now," explained Garry.
In the past week he's had more than 60 calls. "I've seen it where people can't get outta their front door I mean that's how bad they can get. These are really heavy this year because the ground is so dry it's easy for them to dig their holes and make their home," Oddo added.
He said the Cicada Killer Wasps like cool dark places like window wells or the foundation of your home. You can spot them by the tiny mound of dirt in the ground. While the wicked wasps swarm your head they're relatively harmless unless provoked. Garry said, "They are intimidating. If you're a kid getting stung by them it's gonna hurt, if you're an adult it just feels like a pin prick from a doctor when they're taking blood from you."
Garry called them a "bully". "No other bees will be buy it. I mean butterflies won't go around it and anything they can get they will get. If you're a bug beware I guess," said the pest control owner.
The only way to get rid of the Cicada Killer Wasps is to have a professional come in and spray. These bugs are one big reason to hope for a hard cold winter.
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